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Late paper this morning? Blame these guys

February 24, 2010 |  1:40 pm

As Andrew Blankstein reports on L.A. Now, four robbery suspects were arrested early Wednesday morning at The Times' main printing plant after being pursued by sheriff's deputies.

The presses were well into printing the paper when deputies asked supervisors to shut them down and evacuate the building. The suspects had apparently entered the plant through the packaging department as trucks were being loaded with papers.

The plant's operations director, Greg Malcolm, said in an e-mail sent at 1:28 a.m. that "through further discussions the police agreed to let us continue printing the paper. However no trucks were allowed to leave the property, thus delaying deliveries to the field."

Deputies eventually were persuaded to allow the trucks to leave after each was searched.

Malcolm added, "Everyone is safe, no one was threatened through this ordeal, however everyone is a buzz of excitement and tension.

"We currently expect to get the papers out but could be hours late."

If yours was late this morning, now you know why.

--Deirdre Edgar

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